Upcoming Events

March 2017

March 31, 2017, 7:00PM: Astronomy Night Viewing at The Village School

The Village School has hosted us a few times now for night-time star parties.  The school does a great job of turning off as many lights as they can, which gives us an opportunity to do some observing within the city limits.

Event: Astronomy Night Viewing at The Village School
Date: Friday, 3/31/2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Location: The Village School, 13077 Westella, Houston, TX 77077
Number of volunteers needed: 3-4 telescopes

Email Outreach to let us know you can join.

April 01, 2017, 2:00PM: Willow Fork Park Grand Opening - Solar Obseving

We will be at the grand opening of Willow Fork Park in Cinco Ranch on 4/1.  The day begins with some solar observing, and later, we’ll reconvene for night-time viewing.  If you can come to one (or both) of these sessions at the park, please consider doing so.

Event: Willow Fork Park Grand Opening
Date: Saturday, 4/1/2017
Time: Daytime session (solar) 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Location: Willow Fork Park, Grand Pkwy & Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX 77494
Number of volunteers needed: at least 4 for the daytime, and 6 or more at night.

Email Outreach to let us know you can join us.

April 01, 2017, 8:00PM: Willow Fork Park Grand Opening - Night-Time Obseving

We will be at the grand opening of Willow Fork Park in Cinco Ranch on 4/1.  The day begins with some solar observing, and later, we’ll reconvene for night-time viewing.  If you can come to one (or both) of these sessions at the park, please consider doing so.

Event: Willow Fork Park Grand Opening
Date: Saturday, 4/1/2017
Time: Daytime session (evening) 8:00 PM – 10:00 PM
Location: Willow Fork Park, Grand Pkwy & Cinco Ranch Blvd, Katy, TX 77494
Number of volunteers needed: at least 4 for the daytime, and 6 or more at night.

Email Outreach to let us know you can join us.

April 07, 2017: April Meeting - The Byurakan Observatory of Armenia

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
Novice Meeting Topic: 
Comets
Novice Meeting Speaker: 
Justin McCollum, aka Professor Comet
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
The Byurakan Observatory of Armenia
General Meeting Speaker: 
Larry Mitchell
About the General Meeting Presentation

Business Meeting: Vote to move May meeting to Mendenhall Community Center and begin at 7 p.m. because of UH final exam schedule. 
 

 

Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.


Map to Parking

April 11, 2017, 6:00PM: Southwest Bissonnet Elementary Family Science Night

We have also been invited to present at Southwest Bissonnet Elementary School.  This will be a little too early for telescopes, but it’s a great opportunity for someone to give a presentation about astronomy to the kids.

Event: Family Science Night
Date: Tuesday, 4/11/2017
Time: 6:00 PM – 7:30 PM
Location: Southwest Bissonnet Elementary School, 8440 Bissonnet St, Houston, TX 77074
Number of volunteers needed: 1 or 2, to give a presentation to the kids.

Email Outreach to let us know if you can join.

April 11, 2017, 7:00PM: Loaner Telescope Training class

On Tuesday April 11 at 7:00 PM there will be a Loaner Telescope training class at Mendenhall community center on Wirt road (where we had the December Christmas meeting and party. Please email allenw@astronomyhouston.org to register for the class. The class is restricted to 10 members, observers are welcome but please do not interfer with the class. Attendees will be taught how to collimate a newtonian telescope, how to use a telrad and sky chart to do basic sttar hopping.

April 13, 2017, 7:00PM: Cub Scout Pack 505 Star Party

Cub Scout Pack 505 has asked us to host a star party for them at their monthly meeting in April.  This will be held at St. Vincent de Paul Catholic Church.
 
Event: Cub Scout Pack 505 Star Party
Date: Thursday, 4/13/2017
Time: 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
Location: St Vincent de Paul Catholic Church, 6800 Buffalo Speedway, Houston, TX 77025
Number of visitors expected: 120
Number of telescopes needed: 4-6

Email Outreach to let us know that you can join.

April 22, 2017, 7:30PM: WSIG hosts Texas 45 in Observatory

Let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together in the Observatory! Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and a planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved. 

  • Sunset is 7:57 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available. Fyi, bananas help you stay awake.
  • RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org. Open to all members who have taken the online site orientation. Space is limitted.
  • Don’t forget to reserve a bunk: HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
  • Note: The online site orientation training is required before using the observatory with a trained telescope operator.

Rain Date: 29 April 2017

May 05, 2017: At Mendenhall CC: "The Murray J Frank Planetarium"

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
The Murray J Frank Planetarium
General Meeting Speaker: 
Sharon Rigsby, Director of the Murray J Frank Planetarium
Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.


Map to Parking

May 20, 2017, 7:45PM: WSIG hostsTexas 45 at Observatory

Let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together in the Observatory! Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and a planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved. 

  • Sunset is 8:15 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available. Fyi, bananas help you stay awake.
  • RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org. Open to all members who have taken the online site orientation. Space is limitted.
  • Don’t forget to reserve a bunk: HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
  • Note: The online site orientation training is required before using the observatory with a trained telescope operator.

No Rain Date due to Texas Star Party

June 17, 2017, 8:00PM: WSIG hosts Texas 45 in Observatory

Let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together in the Observatory! Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and a planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved. 

  • Sunset is 8:28 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available. Fyi, bananas help you stay awake.
  • RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org. Open to all members who have taken the online site orientation. Space is limitted.
  • Don’t forget to reserve a bunk: HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
  • Note: The online site orientation training is required before using the observatory with a trained telescope operator.

Rain Date: 24 June 2017

July 15, 2017, 3:00PM: WSIG hosts Observatory Training

Get trained by Rene Gedaly to use the C14 and f/5 telescopes and all aspects of observatory use: scheduling, roof operations, and emergency roof closing procedures. That’s not all, let’s continue on the HAS Texas 45! Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and a planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved. 

  • Sunset is 8:28 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available.
  • RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org. Open to all members who have taken the online site orientation. Space is limitted.
  • Don’t forget to reserve a bunk, HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org.
  • Note: If you haven’t taken the online site training, do so now. It’s required before taking Observatory Training. 

Rain Date: 22 July 2017

August 26, 2017, 7:15PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and mosquito repellent, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

8:15-9:15 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

9:15-9:45 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

9:45-11:00 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 12 am light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

September 16, 2017, 7:00PM: WSIG hosts Texas 45 in Observatory

Let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together in the Observatory! Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and a planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved. 

  • Sunset is 7:30 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available. Fyi, bananas help you stay awake.
  • RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org. Open to all members who have taken the online site orientation. Space is limitted.
  • Don’t forget to reserve a bunk: HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
  • Note: The online site orientation training is required before using the observatory with a trained telescope operator.

Rain Date: 23 Sep 2017

October 14, 2017, 6:30PM: HAS Weekend Star Party!

Details TBA, but it’s going to be BIG. (Last Quarter Moon)

Already know you want to pitch in? Contact ReneG@astronomyhouston.org.

Rain Date:  21 Oct 2017 (New Moon weekend)
Rain Date 2:   11 Nov 2017 (3rd Qtr Moon)
Rain Date 3:  18 Nov 2017 (New Moon)
Rain Date 4:  Better luck next year!

November 03, 2017: Space Radiation 101

Novice Meeting: 7:00PM
General Meeting: 8:00PM
General Meeting Topic: 
Space Radiation 101
General Meeting Speaker: 
Dr. Beard
Parking and Directions (View Map)

Meetings are held in the Science & Research building at the University of Houston Main Campus. The novice meeting is in room 116, the general meeting is in room 117.

NOTE NEW PARKING INFORMATION: Parking is available in lot 15C. Refer to the Google Map below for directions. This parking is available from 6:30 p.m. until 10:00 p.m. on the Friday night of the HAS meeting.

This parking is free. If you get a notice from the UH campus police on the night of the meeting, call the UH Security office and let them know that this area has been made available on HAS meeting night by the Parking Department.


Map to Parking

November 11, 2017, 4:45PM: Novice Lab at the Dark Site

Join us at the Dark Site for a hands-on course for learning to navigate the night sky. Make sure as always to bring your red flashlights and warm clothes, but also be sure to bring a folding chair to sit in, and some paper and pen/pencil. Schedule of activities is as follows:

6:30-7:30 - detailed presentation on general sky mechanics plus a tour of the constellations.

7:30-8:00 - constellation sketching - we will all begin working on the AL's Constellation Hunter program together

8:00-9:30 - everyone will get the opportunity to locate various objects manually using my 10" dob.

The program concludes in time for anyone who wishes to leave at the 10 pm light window. But of course, anyone is welcome to stay longer and observe.

Please RSVP to stephenj@astronomyhouston.org (link sends e-mail) so that we know how many people will be there for the class.  Clear skies!

November 11, 2017, 5:00PM: WSIG hosts Texas 45 in Observatory

Let’s do the HAS Texas 45 together in the Observatory! Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and a planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved. 

  • Sunset is 5:32 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available. Fyi, bananas help you stay awake.
  • RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org. Open to all members who have taken the online site orientation. Space is limitted.
  • Don’t forget to reserve a bunk: HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
  • Note: The online site orientation training is required before using the observatory with a trained telescope operator.

Rain Date: 18 Nov 2017

December 09, 2017, 5:00PM: WSIG at Observatory to Complete Texas 45

This is the last session of the 2017 Class of the HAS Texas 45. Let’s finish up! Bring binoculars, a red flashlight, and a planisphere if you have them. The observatory will be open with two telescopes reserved. 

  • Sunset is 5:27 p.m. Bring snacks; we’ll have K-Cup coffee, tea, and hot chocolate available. Fyi, bananas help you stay awake.
  • RSVP to ReneG@astronomyhouston.org. Open to all members who have taken the online site orientation. Space is limitted.
  • Don’t forget to reserve a bunk: HASBooking@astronomyhouston.org
  • Note: The online site orientation training is required before using the observatory with a trained telescope operator.

Get in those last few objects to receive your HAS Texas 45 certificate and pin at the January 2018 meeting!

Rain Date TBA

January 05, 2018, 8:00PM: WSIG Texas 45 Graduation

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